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Additional and District Sessions Judge Sunita Grover convicted Hardik Sikri, Karan Chhabra and Vikas Garg of rape of a junior student of the same University. While the first two were sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Vikas Garg was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment.
The case began in 2015 when the victim, who is a management student at OP Jindal University, complained to the University that the accused were in possession of her objectionable photographs and used the same to blackmail her and have sexual relations with her.
The University officials had alerted the police, leading to the arrest and trial of the accused.
Jindal Global University welcomed the decision of the court. The University issued the following statement to the press:
“The O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) welcomes the decision of the District Sessions Court, Sonipat convicting three of our students in a rape case. We strongly condemn this heinous act and recognise that the ends of justice have been met. We have fully supported the investigation of this case and also extended emotional and psychological support to the victim and her family. The supporting environment created by JGU has enabled her to complete her studies and pursue the career trajectory of her choice. We follow a zero tolerance policy for such acts and all institutional mechanisms are in place. The University is committed to further strengthening its efforts to create a safe and gender sensitive environment for its staff and students.”